beats for EATS

SN11 Arlington MA high backstage SJH_7465 for print

photo by Stephen Hussar

Thank you to all who attended beats for EATS and supported our community on March 5th!  We raised a mind-boggling $15,000 from the 300+ generous people who came to socialize, eat delicious food and see the fantastic entertainment–Arlington’s beloved The Social No. 11, Boston’s famous Afro D All Starz,  DJ Jason Loeb, and Comedian and Auction Host Mike Prior.

No EATS event is complete without food, and for that we applaud  Beaujolais Catering and Arlington’s own amazing Food Link food rescue organization and the Daily Table of Dorchester for generous contributions.

Hariet Vanderput provided massage, Jennifer Jacoby knocked it out of the park with amazing floral design and Laura Juitt designed the famous beats for EATS brand posters.

And a huge thank you to Jodi Auerbach of Arlington-based Something Savory Events and Catering who led the event and managed every detail of the evening with grace.

Of the money raised, $7000 came from our Silent Auction and we want to thank the generous contributions from those who made it possible.

America’s Test Kitchen Gaggi DeStefanis Peabody Essex Museum
Arlington Center for the Arts Hariet Vanderput Massage Regent Theatre
Arlington Children’s Theatre Harmony & Vitality, Arlington Santa’s Village
Arlington Community Education “i thought of you” Jewelry and Julia Kelahan Scott Eiseman – Fitness Training
Arlington Health & Fitness Iggy’s Bread, Cambridge Seyyide Sultan – Belly Dance Artist
Arlington Recreation Department Indigo Fire, Belmont Silkroad
Blue Man Group Integrated Healing Massage Southwick’s Zoo
Boston Duck Tours Jessica Chloros and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Sri Thumati – ThumatiPics Photography
Boston Red Sox Julia Cooks Story Land, New Hampshire
Canobie Lake Park Larry Slotnick Studio Hyacinth, Arlington
Charles River Canoe & Kayak LaserCraze The Vintage Tea and Cake Company, Belmont
Christine Brayfield Lynne Dichter Tory Fair
Chuck Kraemer Art Lyric Stage Company, Boston Town of Arlington DPW
Cristin Bagnall Maf Terry Ula Jaber Higgins – Artist
Dave’s Fresh Pasta, Somerville Melissa MacDonald – Landscape Architect Wachusett Mountain Ski Area
Discovery Museums, Acton Melody Thomas and Eileen de Rosas Wagon Wheel Nursery
Ellen Callaway – Callaway Photo Modern Pastry Shop, Boston & Medford Whole Foods Arlington
Erin Copland – ECO Massage New England Aquarium Wilson Farm
Flatbread Company, Somerville New England Patriots XV Beacon Hotel, Boston
Food Link Officer Mike Hogan Zoo New England

And no event is complete without raffle baskets! Thanks to the Thompson, Stratton, Brackett and Bishop school PTOs for beautiful baskets, and to Maf Terry and Girl Scout Troop 75222 for a phenomenal Giving Tree, where folks had the chance to purchase anonymous gifts to be distributed to EATS recipient families (gift cards, restaurant certificates, and various items to make life a little easier and tastier).

It really is not enough to say Thank You. We are truly, madly and deeply moved by Arlington’s response to this call to action. And we promise, it—and YOU—will make a deep and lasting impact for Arlington families who face tough choices when it comes to feeding their families healthy food. As one parent told EATS, “Sometimes we have to choose between paying rent or buying food. Arlington EATS has helped my family tremendously in defraying the cost of food.”